Is a false marriage certificate to claim otherwise unauthorized allowances an official document? No, it would be the presentation of that document as showing an entitlement that is the false statement, not the marriage certificate itself. The court also found the appellant’s plea to a conspiracy to commit a false official statement as improvident. The providency issue seems as much related to the military judge’s questioning method, rather than a factual basis. This was a not untypical plea where the military judge had to help the accused through providency by getting yes / no answers to leading questions.
United States v. McClary.
Here are some stream-of-consciousness thoughts for the defense counsel.